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Migrant injured after jumping on Eurotunnel shuttle to Britain

Lille - A 17-year-old from Eritrea was seriously injured Friday after making an apparent bid to jump on a Eurotunnel shuttle from France to Britain, a firefighter said, adding that his life was not in danger.

Sotheby's to auction Picasso's 'La Gommeuse'

London - A rare Pablo Picasso painting from the collection of US tycoon Bill Koch that will be sold on November 5 was shown in London for the first time on Friday.

UN backs EU military action against migrant smugglers

New York - The UN Security Council on Friday approved a European military operation to seize and destroy boats used by migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean after thousands died in dangerous crossings.

Nigeria's former oil minister will fight graft claims: Lawyer

Lagos - Nigeria's former oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke will strongly contest corruption allegations against her once she has recovered from breast cancer treatment, her family's lawyer told AFP on Friday.

Europe needs to 'crack down' on asylum abuse: Britain

Brussels - The EU must speed up deportation of economic migrants and "crack down" on abuse of its asylum system, British interior minister Theresa May said on Thursday as ministers met to discuss Europe's refugee and migrant crisis.

Somalia's Shebab warn British troops of welcome 'with bullets'

Mugadishu - Somalia's Shebab Islamists have threatened to "welcome with bullets" British soldiers due to be deployed in support of an African Union force.

Asylum seeker rues years of limbo in UK system

London - Pakistani activist Liaquat Ali Hazara had his application for asylum in Britain turned down two years ago. He has been stuck in limbo since, afraid of being killed by the Taliban if he is sent back.

Hong Kong post boxes to lose royal British insignia

Hong Kong - Plans by the Hong Kong post office to cover up British royal insignia on historic mail boxes have sparked a backlash from conservation campaigners and accusations of a push to erase the city's colonial past.

EU court backs ban on prisoners voting

Luxembourg - The European Union's top court ruled Tuesday that countries can ban prisoners from voting in elections if they have been convicted of a serious crime, in a case Britain was watching closely.

UK spies can hack smartphones: Snowden

London - British spies can hack into phones remotely with a simple text message and make audio recordings or take photos without owners knowing, former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden said on Monday.

BP to pay record $20.8 bln over Gulf of Mexico oil spill: U.S.

Chicago - British energy giant BP will pay a record $20.8 billion to settle civil claims for damages stemming from the deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, US Attorney General General Loretta Lynch said Monday.

UK Conservatives flex their muscles but rifts remain

London - Britain's Conservative Party, which holds its annual conference from Sunday, seems stronger than ever after an unexpected electoral triumph but old divisions on Europe are re-surfacing and a battle to succeed David Cameron is looming.

UK teen jailed for Anzac Day terror plot

London - Britain's youngest person convicted of terrorism was sentenced on Friday to a minimum of five years in jail for plotting an Islamic State-inspired "massacre" on an Anzac Day parade in Australia.

Corbyn tightens hold on UK's Labour, but bigger battles loom

Brighton - Lionised by the grassroots but at odds with his own MPs, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his first party conference facing deep divisions as he tries to convince Britain he is not too radical to be prime minister.

Feminist restaurant gives migrants a starter in Britain

London - In a feminist restaurant housed in a theatre, seven immigrant female chefs are bringing a taste of their homelands to Londoners, whilst earning themselves a stake in British society.

Gerry Adams to face no charges over IRA murder

Belfast - Irish republican leader Gerry Adams will not be charged in connection with the IRA murder of a Belfast mother of ten in 1972, Northern Ireland's state prosecutors announced Tuesday.

British Museum's new German head a 'workaholic' man of action

Berlin - Hartwig Fischer who has become the first non-Briton to lead the prestigious British Museum in 150 years, is a discreet man who has built a reputation as one of the most renowned museum directors in Germany.

German art historian Fischer to head British Museum

London - A German art historian was named Tuesday as the next director of the British Museum, becoming the first foreigner to head the prestigious London institution in 150 years.

Jousting, but no insurrection at UK Labour conference

Brighton - Jeremy Corbyn's debut conference as British Labour leader began with dark warnings that the party was on the brink of civil war, but potential mutineers have so far kept their swords sheathed.

British journalists on trial over Indonesia piracy film

Batam - Two British journalists have gone on trial in Indonesia for allegedly trying to make a documentary about piracy without the correct visas, and could face up to five years in jail, an official said Tuesday.

UN to slap sanctions on four British IS jihadists

London - The United Nations is expected to place sanctions on four British jihadists accused of fighting or recruiting for the Islamic State group in Syria, the British government said on Tuesday.

Banksy's Dismaland theme park heading to Calais

London - British street artist Banksy's dystopian theme park Dismaland was being dismantled Monday before being shipped to a migrant camp near Calais to make shelters, organisers said.

Shell halts controversial oil exploration in Alaska

London - Royal Dutch Shell is ending its controversial offshore exploration in Alaska after failing to find sufficient amounts of oil and gas, the energy giant said Monday.

Last UK resident to be freed from Guantanamo after 13 years

London - Shaker Aamer, the last British resident held at Guantanamo Bay, is to be released by US authorities to Britain after over 13 years at the military prison, officials said Friday.

David Beckham launches UN appeal to protect kids

New York - Football legend, male model and father of four David Beckham went to UN headquarters in New York on Thursday to call on world leaders to end violence against children.

France and Britain alarmed by Russian buildup in Syria

Paris - France and Britain expressed their concern Thursday about the Russian military buildup in Syria after Moscow said it would conduct naval drills in the eastern Mediterranean.

Migrant youth killed by Channel Tunnel train

Lille - A young African was killed by a freight train near the entrance to the Channel Tunnel in France early Thursday in the latest death of a migrant trying to reach Britain, a local official said.

Scandals spark public anger at UK's historic charities

London - A walk down a typical British high street dotted with second-hand shops testifies to the central role that charities play in the country, but a spate of grim headlines has left the sector facing a crisis of trust.

British food recycling cafes go global in fight against waste

London - When former chef Adam Smith opened a small cafe in Britain's post-industrial North two years ago, serving up dishes with food destined for the scrap heap, he had big aspirations -- to fight global food waste.

French police evacuate 400 from Calais migrant camps

Calais - French police on Monday fired tear gas as they broke down several makeshift camps around the port city of Calais, leaving nearly 400 people, mostly Syrian refugees, without shelter.
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